I never remember tasting brussels sprouts as a child. I only remember thinking they must not be something I wanted to try because I didn’t know anybody who liked them! As I got older and went away to college, I vividly remember having dinner with a good friend and her parents. Brussels sprouts were served that night; I could feel the anxiety kick in as I laid eyes on those little green veggies. I kept thinking to myself, “how in the world will I eat those?…what if I gag?” They didn’t even smell very good.

As I stared at my plate, I came up with a plan. I decided to simply take 3 huge bites to get it over with as fast as possible. Bite number one…I was expecting a very bitter taste because that’s how they smelled. They felt slightly slimy as I openeBrussels sproutsd my mouth; however, to my surprise, the brussels sprouts tasted a little sweet. I was totally relieved after that first bite and ended up eating the entire serving. Now don’t think for a minute that meant I was hooked on these odd green veggies, I most certainly was NOT. I was a college student living in an apartment for goodness sake; poptarts and protein bars were my go to breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Years later, I met my husband. He apparently grew up eating these oval shaped veggies. The first time he mentioned the possibility of me fixing brussels sprouts, I thought we were done…”this relationship is clearly not going to work” were my exact thoughts. Then I suddenly thought back to my experience as a young college student. Now, if you know me, you know I love a challenge and I really do like healthy food, so challenge accepted. I was off to figure out how to make brussels sprouts taste decent. This was way before Pinterest was ever invented though, so I had my work cut out for me! Trial 1…fail, trial 2…fail, trial 3…fail, trial 4…FAIL…ugh! I was about to give up on these veggies when it dawned on me, everything is better with bacon!! Trial number 5 was a success and one we use a few times a week at our house these days. A little more tweaking through the years and our 3 young kids even love these delicious Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon. I’m thrilled to share with you a family favorite. I hope you enjoy these as much as we do and you share the love via this blog page or Pinterest (just pin from the picture above).

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Paleo Friendly
Recipe Type: vegetable, side dish
Cuisine: American, Paleo
Author: Sarah B Thomas
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil, melted
  • 1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 lb bacon
  • 3 TBSP pumpkin seeds
  • 2 TBSP maple syrup
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the Brussels sprouts with the coconut oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
  3. Spread the sprouts on the baking sheet.
  4. Roast for 35 minutes or until tender and brown in spots.
  5. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp and let cool.
  6. Add the pumpkin seeds to the same skillet and cook for 3 minutes, stirring often.
  7. Add roasted Brussel sprouts to the skillet and crumble the bacon, stir.
  8. Drizzle with maple syrup and serve.